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Sébastien SALERNO speaks about the Luderitz Speed Channel

A video From Eric Bellande


Windsurfers break the 50 knot barrier!


After the previous days promising results, everyone felt that breaking the 50 knot barrier was a done deal.
On the 4th race day, this never-before-broken barrier was smashed! Records kept tumbling almost with every run this afternoon. Some of the speeds still need to be confirmed by the Time Keeper.

First, the Swedish Record Holder Anders Bringdal broke the 50 knot barrier twice, with 50.41 and then 50.46 knots improving the world Record on Production Board as well!
After that Antoine Albeau surpassed Anders’ performance with 50.62 knots recovering his position of World Record holder in Windsurfing, which was also shortly held by Cédric Bordes in the afternoon with 49.66 knots.

Zara Davis has also improved her World Record in Windsurfing with 44.92 knots and also Lena improved her Turkish Record with 43.81.

The record on Tandem has been also broken (1 board / 2 sails / 2 riders) with 38.12 knots!

And lots of other National Records were smashed!
Mark Grinnell from South Africa and Matthias Röttcher from Namibia were successively improving their national records which they had already broken earlier during the day.

Mark: 46.49 kts and Matthias: 46.69 kts.

Jurjen Van Der Noord, the Dutch competitor who has just made his first runs today broke the Dutch Record with 47.53 kts.

Patrick Diethelm has improved his Swiss Record and is the 3rd time in the Windsurfing world as well with 49.71 knot!

Nick Vardalachos from Greece and the British Farrell O’Shea improved their record.

Nick: 48.84 kts and Farrell: 48.21 kts.

Christian Benzing who was battling with his German fellow countrymen, broke the German Record in Windsurfing with 45.57 knots.

This incredible day has now gone into the windsurfing history books.The world’s windsurfing community was waiting for a “come back” in Speed Sailing. The goal of the 2012 “Lüderitz Speed Challenge” was to work on that point and offer the best conditions to finally break this mythical barrier. We can expect even better results during the coming days.


Windsurfing World Record Attempt: More Records!

Windsurfing World Record Attempt: Day 3

Even though the forecast has announced only moderate wind, riders were really motivated to hit the gust again today!

The atmosphere was unusually peaceful – this group of competitors is really enjoying the conditions and the event, without hesitating to put their hands into the sand to help achieve the common objective: break records.

The current speed windsurfing Namibian record holder Matthias Röttcher watched the event in the media and decided to take his 4×4 across the desert to join us early this morning and take the chance to claim a new record! After testing the channel he improved his existing record of 41.44 kts to 42.32 kts.

Windsurfers from all over the world are following the event and are starting to realize that the Luderitz Speed Challenge is one of the biggest opportunities for them to be in the speed sailing limelight together with boats & kitesurfers.

The international support to riders and organisers is unbelievable. Encouragement from all corners of the world is streaming in.

On day 3, Zara was again the 1st to jump into the water, and it is paying off: thanks to her we open the race every day by celebrating a new record, and thereafter it does not stop!

Antoine Albeau was leading the day with 48.57 kts but Anders Bringdal went further with 48.60 kts, improving the World Windsurfing Record on production board, and claiming the new Swedish Record.

Dieter Gerichhausen again beat the German record in Windsurfing with 44.01 kts, but – like yesterday – was followed by Christian Bornemann who was faster still, ending with a new German record with 44.41 kts.

Their German team mate Christian Benzing went faster in less wind today and come closer with 42.81kts!

Patrick Diethelm went faster in less wind with 46.55kts, improving his Swiss Record from yesterday.

Lena improved her Turkish record with 42.6 kts.

Cédric Bordes managed to reach the 3rd best speed of the day with 47.83 kts.


The fastest event – the fastest spot – the fastest riders

  • The Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2012

    Since 2007, records were smashed successively, performances have increased, the « Lüderitz Speed Challenge », World record Attempt in Speed Sailing has become a major event with a media impact which has developed the “speed” discipline and has well participated to the kitesurfing industry evolution. Nevertheless, its organizors, Sébastien Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul have seen there the opportunity for the windsurfers to come back in front of the stage and find a location with the best conditions to express themselves. So, from 2009, after several tests, the report sets: the potential is there, let’s build a CANAL…

    2010 EDITION set a new record and all the nations know that Lüderitz is the fastest spot in the World!.


    Only two years after the 50 knots barrier was broken, the 55 Knots (103 km/h) barrier was smashed: 100km/h (54.10 knots) and “The Lüderitz Speed Challenge” have managed to get back the title from the multi-million boat “L’Hydroptère” (51.36 knots). Only 2 competitors in the world have reached the 55 knots so far:

    Sébastien Cattelan (55.49 kts-European Record) and Rob Douglas (55.65 kts-Ultimate World Record)

    2011 WAS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW AREA from an historical project:

    Although the 2010 canal made the world of a difference, the conditions still need improvement for faster records to be set, especially to represent the windsurfing community which is huge in the World. Thus Sébastien Cattelan, Sophie Routaboul and his team have invested a lot of money and time to research the possibilities of widening and lengthening the canal, and creating even smoother water surfaces for faster speeds, deeper water but also improving the safety of the finish area.

    After 1 year battling to set up the project and get the authorizations, they manage to dig that canal with the support of the Namibian Ministry of Environment & Tourism,according to what they have learnt from performances, tests and experiences they made during their career.

    The legend Anders Bringdal took part of this new edition as a windsurfing consultant to be able to invite all the top sailors in the world.

    SUCCESS: never before a windsurfer have reached a top speed of 50,7 knots (94 km/h).

    0n 10 competitors of this testing-team, 5 records were broken.

    The test of this Team is a revelation: this new canal which was improved step by step until the end of the 2011 event is THE solution and will be the playground of many competitors next year as they all have realized its potential.

    LUDERITZ SPEED CHALLENGE 2012 PROJECT: Old records are no news, however… Chase the unimaginable 60 knots barrier now: The Lüderitz Speed Challenge has this as its main goal and sole focus.

    No other event or place in the world would be more suitable to attempt this crazy record. Organizers have worked really hard to create the right environment conducive to making it happen. It’s the combination of all their experience from previous years and of course the location which gives them the criteria they need (strong and stable wind, good angle…) which will operate.

    All the arrangements have been made to manage to create a canal with all the skills that windsurfers need to join kitesurfers (record: 55,65 knots) and boats (record: 51,36 knots) in that real challenge. After obtaining the authorizations, an artificial canal was dug 300m from the bay: 1 month of hard tests and researches, making improvements, were realized during the 2011 edition to be able to present the big 2012 Challenge which will be even more watched and followed in all over the world, where the best top sailors will battle for the World title or their nation.

    The list of the selected competitors will be communicated in the beginning of July for an Attempt which will happen from the 5 November to 2 December for windsurfers (registrations number being more important) and from 3 to 16 December for kitesurfers, to avoid the comparison between 2 different crafts.

    Luderitz Speed Challenge 2011 from ByAdrienFreville on Vimeo.

  • Congratulations Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2011

    13 November 2011:
    Mother nature had the final say today, and it only blew 30 knots with occasional gusts. Seb clocked the best speed of the day with 51.36 knots. He was the only contender over 50 knots.

    Congratulations to Anders Bringdal (50.72 Vmax) and Taro Niehaus (51.64 knots) for their performance record, and to Seb, Sophie and the rest of the team and sponsors for making this event possible.

    Sébastien is confident he can reach 60 knots in kitesurfing, and is making it his goal. Windsurfing speeds currently trail that of kitesurfing, but Sebastian has made it his first priority to create optimal conditions in the canal for the windsurfers to push the limits.
    Positive energy is needed to manage this adventure, and an interesting challenge lies ahead for us to discover how best to achieve this. We need to share ideas and opinions with people who have different experience with the sea so we can collaboratively create the ideal run.

    The new canal has proved to be more beneficial for windsurfers than for kitesurfers thus far, but some options still remain to improve this for both disciplines.

    Although the organizers treated this year as a test for the new canal (which was dug just before the start), the results look very promising and windsurfing legend, Anders Bringdal, managed to reach truly impressive speeds on his first day. He had a 50.72 Vmax, which is a first in windsurfing history.
    Kite surfing records and performances will follow – step by step the dream of this Team has been realized over the past 5 years, and the much improved run in the ideal location will usher in a new era in speed sailing and become the perfect platform for international and outright records.
    Sponsors who choose to be part of this will play a pivotal role in shaping sailing history.


    Anders Bringdal – 47 knots – new Swedish windsurfing record

    On October 31st, Anders Bringdal made the most of it on a windsurfer and recorded a very respectable 47 knot over 500m (new Swedish record – still to be ratified) and 50 knot peak, which is extremely rare in windsurfing.

    Wolfram Reiners set a new German record of 46 knots (still to be ratified) on his very first run.
    There were a few spills due to the chop and gusts/lulls, but luckily none were serious.

    Source: Basil Cambanis

    Seb Cattelan – First to 55 knots

    On 28 of October, Sebastien Cattelan was the first person to reach a speed of over 55 knots average over 500m with a Genetrix Hydra 9 meter kite and an Xcelerator board.

    Congrats to all Participants and Organizers


    The Luderitz Speed Challenge has finally come to a close.  Congratulations to all the competitors, the organizers, sponsors and Sebastien Cattelan for making this event possible.  It wasn’t always easy to please everyone but in the end, the new course proved to be a winner making speeds of more than 55 knots attainable for the first time ever.

    12 national speed records were also achieved, and 7 of them were set on the Genetrix Hydra!

    Catman was the first one to break the 50 knot sailing speed record in 2008 which was taken from him by Alex Caizergues 24 hours later.  History almost repeated itself in 2010.  This time around, Catman was the first to reach 55 knots and again became the fastest sailor in the world on the Genetrix Hydra with 55,49 knots (102.6 km/hr).  But only an hour later Rob Douglas edged him out by 15 hundredths of a second and managed to set another new world record of 55,64 knots, taking it back home to the US. Congratulation to Rob for being the fastest man.

    Seb remains the new speed sailing record holder of France and Europe!  Congratulations also to Charlotte Consorti for being the first woman to reach speeds over 50 with 50.43 knots.

    2 National Records broken despite lighter wind

    Stefan Metzger improved on his Namibian record with 49.28 knots
    Zsolt Lenkei improved his Hungarian record with 43.65 knots.

    Unfortunately today’s wind was lighter than yesterday, so these are excellent speeds.
    It is a lot of work to keep the channel free of sand without the rivers filling it back up or keeping the water in when the tide goes out.  The start of the run was also improved, and all rivers were closed off in time this morning. By having the retaining wall at the end, this raised the water depth of the channal and gave the riders a bit more width to play with. The canal had a constant water depth the entire day.

    UNOFFICIAL results up to Day 12 – 29 October 2010 (excuse any errors & omissions) :
    Visit for the OFFICIAL Results.

    Rank No. Name Nat. Speed
    1 55 Rob Douglas (WR & NR) USA 55.65
    2 69 Sebastien Cattelan (NR) FRA 55.49
    3 21 Alex Caizergues FRA 54.93
    4 64 Sebastien Salerno FRA 54.28
    5 53 Sylvain Hoceini FRA 52.90
    6 11 Gavin Broadbent (NR) NZ 50.93
    7 45 Basil Cambanis (NR) ZA 50.72
    8 1 Taro Niehaus ZA 50.62
    9 4 Charlotte Consorti (Ladies WR & NR) FRA 50.43
    10 57 Morgan Douglas USA 49.69
    11 56 Jamie Douglas USA 49.46
    12 19 Stefan Metzger (NR) NAM 49.28
    13 13 Manu Taub FRA 49.09
    14 40 Patrice Menossi FRA 48.74
    15 7 Sophie Routaboul FRA 48.64
    16 46 Marc Avella (NR) ESP 48.55
    17 9 Christophe Prin-Guenon FRA 47.18
    18 14 Fred Kloren NL 46.93
    19 18 Tim Pumpa (NR) AUS 46.78
    20 59 Jernej Privsek (NR) SL 46.60
    21 10 Anders Bringdal (NR) [W] SWE 44.80
    22 5 Sjoukje Bredenkamp ZA 44.25
    23 6 Zsolt Lenkei (NR) HUN 43.65
    24 52 Bill Lynch USA 42.32
    25 81 Farrel O-Shea [W] UK 41.02
    26 2 Afrit Foued (NR) ALB 39.81
    27 800 Nick Vardalaxos [W] GR 38.06
    28 223 Andrea Baldini [W] IT 37.21
    29 47 Zara Davis (PR) [W] UK 36.99
    30 3 Leila Nouar FRA 34.71

    WR = World Record, NR = National Record, PR = Production Record, W = Windsurfer


    2 More National Records

    By the time the wind got steady and in the right direction today around 3:00pm, the tide was too high.  When dealing with Mother Nature, it’s not always easy to do what you want when you want it! Monday, Wednesday and Saturday looks promising with the high tide being later on in the day.  Let hope it gets nuking!

    2 More National Records
    Zsolt Lenkei – Hungary 35.34 knots.
    Afrit Foued – Algeria 38.48 knots

    Here is a pic of the camera that aims at the finish line.  The same camera is positioned at the beginning of the run.  The two are linked together by a 500m cable.  To position, calibrate the 2 cams, hookup the cable and connecting the clocking screen at the exit of the run takes about 2 hours.  In the evening, same thing. It all has to come down.  A suspended contraption rigged out of wooden posts and planks had to be put in place to help crossing the lagoon when the tide is too high to get to the cameras at the end of the day.